All new Saint Mary's students are required to attend a New Student Orientation session before beginning their first semester of courses.

The International Student Orientation makes your transition to the United States easier. Through interactive workshops, off-campus experiences and presentations, you will be introduced to concepts of intercultural communication and practice together to build a strong cultural foundation to help you settle into your new lives at Saint Mary’s. During this special orientation, you will be involved in workshops and activities to help you assimilate more quickly into American academic life. In addition, important information regarding immigration regulations, F-1 student status and international students and the law will be covered.

You move into your residence hall and begin the International Student Orientation on Friday, August 18.

Please complete the International Student Arrival Information Form once you book your flight. 

You must also attend the traditional Student Orientation, Session IV, scheduled for August 23, 2017 for first year students and August 10 or 11, 2017 for transfer students.

For more information regarding International Student Orientation, visit the Center for International Programs.


You must complete the Housing License Form via StarRez by July 1. Roommate assignments will be released in mid-July


All students are charged a one-time $250 Orientation fee applied directly to their student account. The fee covers all costs associated with Orientation, administrative needs, materials, food, and staffing.